This week's community question is about the best car chase of all time in a movie. We all have our favorites, and now we need to know which one truly blew you away. Or perhaps continues to blow you away to this day?
For me it's a tie between Ronin and the original Gone in 60 Seconds.
I posted my first choice. My second choice isn't a chase scene; however, it is real music to the ears. Nothing staged, no safety equipment and doesn't even show the car. Turn the volume up, it is real. It does pump your adrenaline up. It is one of the reasons I own two Porsches. Cut and paste this in your browser.
The sound is incredible.... but doesn't match the video ...the car should have rolled over several times going around the Arc de Triomphe but it didn't because there was no car... just saying
Both are good choices. I also like the "Bullitt" chase as I'm sure many do.
My favorite is the opening sequence in the 1966 movie, "Grand Prix," where you take a lap at Monaco. The plot is a little thin, but I think John Frankenheimer did a great job on the race scenes!
I'm going to vote for a movie NO ONE will think of or probably even see...Murder Mystery with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Go ahead, fall back on Bullitt and Ronin and all the cliches....a stupid Adam Sandler B-movie beats them all. 🙂
Condorman being chased by the Prognoviach!
Definitely the original Gone in 60 Seconds…especially considering the fact that the scene where he hits that telephone pole was an accident, and he wound up hospitalized, and they left that scene in the movie…AWESOME!
Mannix with his Dodge Dart GTS and later his Plymouth Cudas, every week. And the chases were believable, much better than today's cartoonish nonsense. Then Came Bronson was wonderful for a kid interested in motorcycles.
I concur w/Sajeev; "Bullitt" was great, "Gone In 60 Seconds" (Original) was an orgy of automotive mayhem & destruction, then came "The Seven Ups", but nothing surprised me more than the chase scenes in the narrow European streets of "Ronin"! I would also nominate one movie chase that flies under the radar: "To Live And Die in L.A." For a different take, the motorcycle chase scenes in (IIRC) Jackie Chan's "Who Am I" were refreshingly different as well! 🙂
By far, the chase scene in Paris with Jason Bourne escaping in a Morris mini Minor from the entire Paris Police Department in the “Bourne Identity”. Good luck speeding through the serpentine lanes of Paris in a big American muscle car or in an exotic Italian super car. Going over 70 KPH in downtown Paris is not possible.
For something a little more modern, the Bourne movies have some great car chase scenes. The side impact scenes particularly impressed me especially after having been t-boned (thankfully with no major injuries to myself just totaled my car).
Ronin, Bullitt, French Connection are obvious choices. But how about great chase sequences in sub-categories? Like the original, European "Italian Job" for the most fun, or the driving scenes In "A Man and a Woman" for the best soundtrack orchestration with a close second for "harold and Maude", or continuous on the edge-of-the-seat "Duel" (Steven Spielberg's first full length film) ???
Like all car fanatics, Bullitt, Ronin and Gone in 60 Seconds are right up there, but Matt Damon in the first Bourne Identity and Jason Statham in the 1st Transporter opening scene were great too!
Boy do I remember that episode. It was the gang's entry in a downhill race challenging the rich kid driving the store bought kid sized fire truck.
What I find amazing these days is when I watched the Little Rascals in the mid 50s the cars looked so old even though these were filmed in the late 20s to early 30s making the cars 25 to 35 years old at the time and it was rare to see anybody still driving those cars for daily transportation. Yet today there are many 25 year old cars used daily and it's not that rare for people to drive a 35 year old car for daily transportation.
Bullitt and The 7-Ups were great and I'm sure the others nominated that I haven't seen are good to but I also remember the multiple chases in "It's A Mad, Mad World" starting with Spencer Tracy driving a 57 Ford over a cliff.
For me it was from the movie “Challenge” a 1972 Corvette vs a 1973 Pantera…not the best movie, or even the chase scene, but the fact that I sold my 71 Corvette to buy my 72 Pantera…
All good answers. I do own a 2009 Bullitt (Highland Green). Would watch that movie with my dad before you could rewind. Good memories. Wish we could have taken it for a ride together.
One I don’t see mentioned is The California Kid. I believe that car inspired the ZZ Top Eliminator.
I'll never forget the original 'Gone'. My son and I saw a preview that showed the Mustang jumping a barrier, coming down nose-first, and bending the whole front end of the car upwards. We looked at one another and said, "Well, I guess we don't have to bother coming to see that one -- we just saw the ending!" Little did we know. We actually did go to see it shortly afterwards. One of my favorite all-time movies.
That Ronin chase is an astonishing sequence that seems to have slipped under the radar of most movie watchers. Gone in 60 Seconds disappoints me, it just seems like a long form demolition derby wherein no one is allowed to hit the winner. Good thing Eleanor's fuel gauge doesn't work; 21 minutes into the clip she's showing almost empty...yeah I'm having a slow day....
Bullit is a great car chase but it wasn’t the best. There are a lot of great car chances mentioned here but one is head and shoulders the best car chase ever and that’s THE ORIGINAL “Gone in 60 Seconds”. The remake was a slap in the face to the most out of control, real car action ever filmed. It was what Hollywood never could have done because they never would understand why it was great!